23 Sep 2013
Despite the less than par review, I thought it'll be a nice place to bring my parents for dinner.
I was prepared for the worse - I was expecting rude stuff, average food. But I was pleasant surprised!!!
First things first. I found the staff attentive, professional. It is almost as if they are trying to make up for the bad review online, I found them a tab trying too hard to please (and approaching dangerously on the brink of being intrusive). But once theyunderstand that we are pretty chill, they gave us the space we need to enjoy ourselves.
The food is pretty good. I LOVE the foie gras Xiao Long Pao. Absolutely heavenly. I can just come here and have three baskets of this stuff. I noticed that there are some comparison between foie gras Xiao long Pao at Sky on 57 and the truffle Xiao long Pao served by Ding Tai Fung. Well, foie gras gras and truffle are different, so any comparison between these are like comparing apples to oranges. I personally find that the foie gras version taste better. Foie gras complements the meat better whereas truffle seems to mask the taste of pork, and compete instead of compliment its taste.
The rest of the food was alright. My mom had lobster Hokien noodle. It was rich, the broth was thick, and I thought it was pretty darn good value considering you get a whole lobster. It might not impress someone who reckons he or she can get Hokien noodle at Newton or Bedok for one tenth of the price, but darling, it's location location location. For the price you pay, you get lobster, which i think is a fair price to charge. Plus there ain't no white table cloth and you'll have to queue up in hot weather at Newton and Bedok.There is a price to pay for these things.
I had the suckling pig. The meat was tender, very tender and juicy. The skin was crispy and it taste pretty good. I did think it was a tad oily. But I generally find French food a tad oily. My dad had the cod. I thought it was average, and again, a tad oily.
I think this place deserves better rating. Come here for thebreathtaking view, enjoy the food and service, but be prepared to pay. Though, you can be pretty sure that you've just impressed your guest.
(Do pardon the tyPo. It's a blxxdy pain in the back to type on this review site.)